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Old 11-06-2013, 05:07 AM   #1
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Garmin VIRB Elite Camera/GPS

This post is now a list of resources pertaining to the Garmin VIRB and VIRB Elite Action Cameras:

The Garmin VIRB mini-site: http://sites.garmin.com/virb/

The VIRB product page: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-t...rod119592.html

The VIRB Elite product page: https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-t...rod119594.html

A list of reviews of the VIRB:

DCRainmaker's excellent Garmin VIRB & VIRB Elite In-Depth Review: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/12/g...th-review.html

VIRB Resources:

Garmin Forums page for the Windows version of VIRB Edit: https://forums.garmin.com/forumdispl...?426-VIRB-Edit

Garmin Forums page for the MAC version of VIRB Edit: https://forums.garmin.com/forumdispl...?425-VIRB-Edit
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"The motorcycle, being poorly designed for both flight and marine operation, sustained significant external and internal damage," police noted.

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Old 11-06-2013, 07:16 AM   #2
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First impressions:

To start recording all you need to do is push the slider switch. The camera turns the power on and starts right up, though it's not fast to fire up. I counted to 9 before it was ready to go.

The plastic parts look much more solid than GoPro parts. I have broken many GP parts in the year I've owned my GP2, but the Garmin parts seem to be made from a less brittle material.

Hand holding the Garmin is much easier. It's a lot more ergonomic for that kind of use. The GP is clumsy, when used handheld.

The viewfinder being on top of the VIRB also makes it easier to use handheld and get well framed shots.

The captive nut on the mounts can't come out and be lost, as so often happens on the GP mounts.

The camera body has a lanyard slot. And the camera itself is shaped in such a way that it won't feel awkward if it's on a lanyard around your neck. I have never once thought it would be a good idea to have the GP on a lanyard around my neck.

A picture from the VIRB:

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Old 11-06-2013, 10:23 AM   #3
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Wow, that's quite a lot of curvature. I hope the camera becomes popular enough that some of the lens correction software makers (such as DxO) will develop corrective software for it.

Does the camera have the ability to take still photos automatically, every x seconds?

According to my credit card company, it looks like I've been charged for the ION camera I ordered, which means it's probably shipped (earlier than expected). They said I wouldn't be charged until shipping, but I haven't gotten any shipping notice from them.

Maybe once I get mine you and I should meet maybe in Hawkesbury and do a comparison.

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Old 11-06-2013, 11:26 AM   #4
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Wow, that's quite a lot of curvature. I hope the camera becomes popular enough that some of the lens correction software makers (such as DxO) will develop corrective software for it.

Does the camera have the ability to take still photos automatically, every x seconds?

According to my credit card company, it looks like I've been charged for the ION camera I ordered, which means it's probably shipped (earlier than expected). They said I wouldn't be charged until shipping, but I haven't gotten any shipping notice from them.

Maybe once I get mine you and I should meet maybe in Hawkesbury and do a comparison.

Cheers!
The VIRB has lens correction software built in. It was set to off when I took the picture.

It can take pictures at 2, 5, 10, 30 and 60 second intervals.

Sure, we can meet in Hawkesbury sometime. Preferably a nice sunny day!
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:34 AM   #5
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Here's a couple of pictures taken with the lens correction software enabled.



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Old 11-06-2013, 12:30 PM   #6
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The correction is built into the camera? Or supplied as some kind of software you run to correct the image?

I must say the result looks really good.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:37 PM   #7
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The correction is built into the camera? Or supplied as some kind of software you run to correct the image?

I must say the result looks really good.
Built in to the camera. It's a setting you enable/disable in the menu.


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Old 11-07-2013, 09:45 PM   #8
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Here's a couple of pictures taken with the lens correction software enabled.



Sorry i just cant resist...

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Old 11-08-2013, 04:38 AM   #9
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Sorry i just cant resist...

What's your point? Google + automatically made a composite of three images into the one you posted.

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Old 12-25-2013, 11:34 AM   #10
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Here's a couple of pictures taken with the lens correction software enabled.
The settings are a bit confusing.
On my device I cant control the zoom settings on other than video.
Still, I see a clear difference between wide and ultrazoom for still photos.

Lens correction seems to only work at ultra zoom, where I cant see that its needed or make any difference at all for still photos. It have made much more sense to have lens correction for wide.

When selecting Lens correction it autoshifts to ultrazoom from wide.
In your example pictures i would say the difference is pictures taken with wide or ultra zoom, not the inflence of lens correction.
Or have i missed something? It seems you are taking pictures at 4:3.
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The settings are a bit confusing.
On my device I cant control the zoom settings on other than video.
Still, I see a clear difference between wide and ultrazoom for still photos.

Lens correction seems to only work at ultra zoom, where I cant see that its needed or make any difference at all for still photos. It have made much more sense to have lens correction for wide.

When selecting Lens correction it autoshifts to ultrazoom from wide.
In your example pictures i would say the difference is pictures taken with wide or ultra zoom, not the inflence of lens correction.
Or have i missed something? It seems you are taking pictures at 4:3.
You're right - Lens Correction does force the lens into "Ultra Zoom". I don't find that's much of a problem. I like that view - it's much less distorted. I plan to experiment with the other settings when I find the time.

For photos, I have been trying out the different settings but not scientifically. Just playing around up to now.
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A few other pictures of the VIRB Elite:

The lanyard slot really inspires confidence. I think the frame's metal or aluminum, but not plastic, anyway.



This is a series of Dashboards specific to the Elite model. I'm not sure what each one represents, but I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually.











The Tempe was in the house so it wasn't paired with the VIRB at this point.



This is one of the glue-on base mounts. This one fits on curved surfaces like helmets really well.

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Old 11-06-2013, 03:20 PM   #13
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Thanks for the write-up. withe the lens correction, not sure why anybody would not have it active...I hate the fisheye look. Looking forward to hearing your writeup regarding the video capability.
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withe the lens correction, not sure why anybody would not have it active...I hate the fisheye look.
You're right, the Lens Correction's going to stay on now.

Here's another pic I took this morning before enabling that setting.



The detail in the picture is so much better than what I was getting on the GP2.
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This is a series of Dashboards specific to the Elite model. I'm not sure what each one represents, but I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually.

Great review! I'm pretty sure this is the screen you have visible as you pilot your TIE fighter through the trench run, trying to catch that damn rebel Skywalker...
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